Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In Which my Head Explodes

I know Halloween was months ago but I've got to get this off my chest.  Why, oh why are Halloween Costumes so sexist?  I was so angry as walked up and down the clearance costume aisles of Target that I was literally sick to my stomach and shaking.  What sort of message is Target trying to send to little girls?  Now I am not so extreme that I won't admit that some costumes are (for the most part) gender specific.  I get that little girls want to be Princesses and that little boys probably don't.  I don't fault costume companies for that.  What I do take issue with is the designs of costumes that should be much more gender neutral.

Take "Cowboy" for example.  The boy costume is cute and functional, but what in the heck is up with the fringed mini-skirt?  I'm sure that'll be great for riding horses.  And it is not just the costumes.  The boy costume is called, "Boy Cowboy Costume"  but the girl gets to be a "Cowgirl Diva".  Just what I want for my 4 year old.

And then there were the pirate costumes.  Both my daughter and son love pirates.  Once again, the boy costume was very cute.  Lil' Buddy could be a "Pirate King" but Miss M . . . she could be a "Pirate Cutie" at best and a Pirate . . . Hooker(?) at worst.  

These costumes make my head explode.  And the examples were endless.  Little girls should not be sexy.   Please don't force my little girl to pick between a Cutie and a Diva.  She is so much more than that.  And my son needs to know that girls are more than that.  Granted, it is my job to teach them but Target (and every other retailer of Halloween costumes) is making my job that much harder.

Of course, the only reason they carry costumes like that is because people buy them.  So fellow citizens of the world: Do Not Support This.  Girls are so much more than Divas, Cuties and Princesses.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome all Paranoid Parents!!!!

Welcome to our blog. We are two moms with one thing in common- we spend a lot of time worrying.

We worry about how much playdough/stickers/crayons/fill-in-the-blank that our kids have eaten. Poison control knows us by name. We worry about how we discipline our children, if we coddle them too much or not enough. We fret. We read the latest research and product reviews. We stalk Web M.D. when our kid has a rash, and freak ourselves out with descriptions about exotic diseases that could lead to certain death.

Parenting is an art, not a science. It can be hard.We've found that only one a few things help to keep our heads from exploding: reassurance from a rational person who isn't emotionally exhausted, reliable fact-based information, and chocolate. Also, knowing that other parents out there are in the same boat, and learning how they have dealt with it gives us encouragement. Hence, this blog.

Taylor is a stay-at-home mom to two kids ages five and three, a certified behavior analyst, and a bookworm. She loves star charts, Dr. Pepper, and has Poison Control on speed dial.

Rory is a slightly neurotic stay-at-home mom to three kids ages one, two and five. She enjoys writing and hiding from her kids in the closet while eating candy bars.

Send in your questions, share your experiences, and help us create a place where we can discuss our triumphs and failures, and hopefully learn something along the way.